The West Hartford Reservoir is a great place for hikers, bikers, runners, picnic-lovers, and families to get a taste of beautiful Connecticut nature. I personally love to take walks along the reservoir; my mom and I have been trying to make it a daily activity, weather permitting, this summer.

One of the best things about the reservoir are the beautiful views, especially near the water. There are several trails that the public can take that are clearly marked and go on for miles. It’s a great place if you’re looking for more rural landscapes amidst the suburbia. All you need is a water bottle, some sneakers, and a camera and you have the makings of a great walk or hike.

My most recent reservoir trip was a perfectly sunny 75 degree day. My mom and I took the yellow trail which spans for 1.2 miles and is categorized as low difficulty level. On our way around the loop we were able to catch up on what we had missed in each other’s lives over the past few months of me being away at school. We ran in to several people we knew on the walk as well (it’s a popular spot) stopping to talk periodically. I would recommend the reservoir to anyone who loves nature and physical activity, or is trying to be more active.

The reservoir is located at 1420 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-3136. When visitors drive in, they will find plenty of free parking provided. This makes the trails family friendly and a free form of entertainment if you are looking to kill a few hours. Below are some photos of the stunning scenery you are bound to encounter if you visit.

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